travel blogger irelandIt’s always nice to get good reviews, but its even nicer to see them published. 2017 saw Myself, Dublin Photography School, and TDactive take two photography holidays to Transylvania and Brasov, and on the back of the success of these we have planned some more photography trips to Romania  in 2018.

On our October trip, I was delighted to meet and get to know journalist and travel blogger Nadia El Ferdaoussi. Pop over to her website here.

Nadia wrote a fantastic article for Stellar.ie reviewing her experiences on the our Transylvanian photography trip.

 

dublin photography school reviewsIf you like what you read why not have a look at our other fantastic photo holiday destinations planned in 2018 including India, Croatia, Transylvania and Morocco to name but a few, Why not pop over to Dublin Photography school and or TDactive and see out full range of amazing destinations.

 

 

 

 

photography podcasts irelandStewart and the crew at DPS are delighted to announce there most recent project has come to life in the form of DPS Snapshot Podcast...Snapshot was originally a downloadable PDF magazine, but with a change in user behavior being geared to much more audio and video engagement, Snapshot is Ireland’s First and Only Dedicated Photography Podcast, and looks at photography from the average users perspective and is not bogged down on tech heavy jargon. simply put its a nice conversation between a couple of photographers about the moving and happening in photography in Ireland.

The first episode of “Snapshot Podcast” explores the rise of mirrorless and four third cameras in recent years and if they will and can eventually replace DSLR’s, in  the second half of the show the guys talk about some of their travel photography experiences as photographers and photo holiday guides.  The podcast can be downloaded or streamed from the Dublin Photography School Website.

DPS Snapshot can be found here.

photography holidays stewart kennyStewart Kenny Photography is delighted to announce that a new date had been added in October due to popular demand for our  Romania Photography trip and will take place from October 11th – 15th 2017, This fantastic photographic holiday adventure has limited numbers with hand picked destinations with the team in DPS and all logistics, accommodations, traveling and transfers handled by out partners in TDactive holidays.

So if your looking for a unforgettable photographic adventure, with on location tuition from two DPS trainers, stunning vistas, and all the reportage and landscape photography you can shake a stick at, then why not join us, with full details here.

If Romania and Transylvania is not far flung and exotic enough, then why not take a look at our fantastic 9 day holiday to amazing India which will be lead by DPS trainers Stewart Kenny & Steven Maybury in February 2018, see full details here.

MAY 11th 2017

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They say everyday is a school day….and if that’s the case then May 11th 2017 will be a fantastic one for me….having been approached by Kim Lynch soon to be a graduate photography Student  from Saint Kevin’s College in Crumlin about a collaboration body of work for her graduate show in early 2016.

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After much discussion and back and forth we settled on a fantastic idea of project that combined a couple of our passions, the first was Lomography, Lomo or Lofi photography has been something I have been playing around with in the last ten years and have completed a few body of works in the area. The second was travel photography…..and behold a project was born…..
Instead of boring you with long winded artist statements, I’ll give you the stripped down version…

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Installation Name:  Exchanges (Beauty Is A Imperfect Thing)
Artists:  Kim Lynch, Stewart Kenny
Exhibition Date: MAY 11th 2017
Venue:  Steam Box
Address: School St, Ushers, Dublin
Time: 6pm

Facebook Event Page

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Whats it about:
The work explores the relationship between surrealism and the latent image…….or we could just say it’s about two photographers doing what they do best…MAKING IMAGES!
One shoots a roll of film then they hand it over to the other and the film is reloaded into a camera and shot a second time…the images produced are a double exposure that combine the two distinct images into a single picture, add to that the unpredictable nature of the Lomo cameras with their unique aesthetic, and the images can be fun, abstract, haunting, surreal.
For my part the images have been shot all over the world in places such as Morocco, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Iceland to name but a few. For Kim’s part her images are shot closer to home with a few few travel destinations of her own thrown in.

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So pop along for support a fantastic college like Saint Kevins College, who are producing some amazing photographers with their own brand of theory, vision and techniques, with some amazing educators like Martin Cregg designing and coordinating courses.   As well as some amazing photography student whom i have the pleasure of working and meeting in their over the last few months.

STEWART KENNY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERStewart Kenny Photography is delighted to announce that our  Romania Photography trip is fully booked due to phenomenal demand since its launch in February 2017, This fantastic photographic holiday adventure had limited numbers with hand picked destinations with the team in DPS and all logistics, accommodations, traveling and transfers handled by out partners in TDactive holidays.

So if your looking for a unforgettable photographic adventure, with on location tuition from two DPS trainers, stunning vistas, and all the reportage and landscape photography you can shake a stick at, then why not join us, with full details here.

For those of you who are unable to join us this time, fear not, we are hoping to announce a new Romanian photography holiday 2018 date very shortly.

If Romania and Transylvania is not far flung and exotic enough, then why not take a look at our fantastic 9 day holiday to amazing India which will be lead by DPS trainers Stewart Kenny & Steven Maybury in February 2018, see full details here.

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Iceland and The Northern lights

Dublin Photography School: Photography Holidays For All Levels From Beginners To Advanced

Dublin Photography School: Photography Holidays For All Levels From Beginners To Advanced

Dublin Photography School are happy to have teamed up again in 2015 with Travel Department who are one of Europe’s leading escorted holiday companies, to bring you many fantastic and once in a lifetime photographic holiday opportunities. Load up your photography kit bag with your DSLR camera and camera accessories, pack your warm clothing and good walking shoes and join us and other photographers on our Iceland guided location photography holidays. for details of our next trip in 2015 see here.

Heres a quick overview of the the trip to Iceland We took in October 2014.

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The guys from the Iceland Tour in 2014 strutting there stuff

Earlier this year we teamed up with Travel Department to bring you the first of our photography holidays abroad. On October 23rd a group of eager photographers boarded a 7.20am flight and were Iceland bound. Iceland is known as the ‘Land and Fire and Ice’ making it a perfect destination for a photography break. Once the wheels of the plane safely touched down on the runway, this mesmerizing country with spectacular photographic opportunities was waiting to be explored. Before all the ‘hard work’ began an early morning pit stop was made at the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating dip.

The Gulfoss Falls is our first photography stop

The Gulfoss Falls is our first photography stop

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Gulfoss falls from another angle

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

Spouting Geyser at Huakadalur Valley, Iceland, part of the golden circle of Iceland

The next four days were filled with photographing some of the most breathtaking sights this planet has to offer. From the natural wonder of Reynisfar, the volcanic black sandy beach to photographing behind the falls and listening to the mighty roar of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. At night we travelled away from the glow of Reykjavik city in search of the Aurora Borealis. By day we explored the Golden Circle, passed through picturesque villages and countryside and were blown away ‘literally’ in the valley of Haukadalur by the spouting geothermal geysers.

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

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Reynisfjar, black sandy beach in the village of Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjar, black sandy beach in the village of Vik, Iceland

Reynisfjar beach, Iceland

Reynisfjar beach, Iceland

All these images are taken on the actual tour. for more information about Dublin Photography School and the hands on tuition, you will receive on this holiday see here, for booking information and itinerary see Travel Department here.

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Travel photography course dublin

Travel Photography Course in Dublin.

Dublin Photography School are hoping to announce a new Travel Photography Course in the last week of September, this course will take place in Dublin and will be aimed at all users and levels.

The Travel Photography Workshop is looking like it will take place in a one day format and will be run on Saturdays throughout the year.

Although the course has not been finalized here is a sneak peak at what we are hoping to include:

The course will take place from 10am – 4pm and will be split into three sections

Section one: Trip Preparation

This section will include things like planning your trip, making shot lists, what gear to bring, what lenses to pack, air travel considerations, luggage weight etc,

Section two: How and when to shoot

This section of the travel Photography Course deals with things like shutter priority, aperture priority, P mode, and how to shoot, how to compose travel shots, what to look for, how to photograph street portraits, reportage, documentary, setting a theme, shooting landmarks, getting off the beaten track and how to really get away from cliché shots and give your images more of a travel feel than a tourist feel. This section will make up the bulk of the day and will really show you how to get so much more from your images while travelling.

Section Three: Post Trip

Now that you have just had the trip of a life time are you just going to leave your images sitting on a hard drive, we will show you some great ideas for things like photo books, coffee table books, montages, collages and really bring your images out on display

Please note that the travel photography workshop has not been finalized and will be announced in the last week in September, when it is finalized you can book the Travel Photography course in Dublin here.

Thanks for taking the time to have a read, any suggestions or comments please feel free to add them below, it’s always great to have feedback.

A little about Dublin Photography School: Dublin photography school are one of Ireland’s leading photography course providers, we run photography courses and workshops all over Dublin and Ireland. Our trainers are all professional photographers and more importantly “trainers” we pride ourselves on our teaching abilities, we can cater for all levels, beginners, novice,  improver, intermediate and advanced. We are specialists in teaching Basic and introduction to DSLR photography and currently work with Travel Department in providing photography holidays in Ireland and Abroad. See more about us here.

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More Travel Photography Tips

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See Dublin Photography School For More Information On Taking A Travel Photography Course In Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Air Travel Considerations

 

 

 

 

 

 

When traveling by air, please remember that this can have massive implications on the amount of gear that you can carry, first off if your carrying your photography gear in your carry-on luggage , some airport security may ask you to power it on to prove that it’s not been tampered with or that you have taken no images of the security point, so make sure your batteries are charged. Two if you are putting your camera in your check in luggage, please be aware that most airlines will not accept any responsibility for damage during transit. Also if your cases go missing, you are only insured for a certain amount, so make sure your gear is within the limit.

 

  1. Set a Theme

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Setting a theme for your travels has two fantastic benefits, first is that after your done getting the safe shots you wanted to allows you to see new shots and keeps you inspired to keep shooting and the second benefit is that, it will look fantastic if you compile a photo book of your travels when you’re at home.

 

  1. Shoot the signs

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With all the hussle and bustle of being in a new country, with the sights, sounds and smells, it’s easy to forget where you took a particular shoot. This comes in very handy for websites like flickr and 500px when tagging your images. It will also help you if you return back to the area in future.

 

  1. Bracketing

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When away on holidays, make sure you get the shot you want by bracketing your shots, this means that your camera will take several exposures of the same image, turn on AEB (auto exposure bracketing) to make sure you get the shot right and that you are not disappointed later.

 

  1. Get up high

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Get off the tourist trail and get high to get the best possible vantage point, this can be a balcony in a church, a rooftop restaurant, top of a landmark, the options are there if you look for them.

 

  1. Shoot in shutter priority mode

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When going walkabout in a city, make sure your shooting in TV, S, SP mode and try set your shutter speed to about 1/640 this will insure that you will be able to freeze about 95% of your shots, and catch them sharp.

 

  1. Saving your battery

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It’s only when we are using our cameras all day that we realise, how short the battery life can seem sometimes, so here are a few tips to help you extend your battery life, 1. Don’t review your screen to often only when you need to, turn off automatic flash, turn your focus mode to one shot when not shooting movement, don’t turn off your camera, put it into sleep mode where possible, as constantly powering on and off the camera can require a lot of energy depending on the model. Think about turning off your VR/IS/OS when not needed (marginal savings)

 

  1. Hotel room window

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Your hotel window is a great opportunity to do overnight timelapses and night cityscapes, just make sure the lights are off in the room so there are no reflections in the window.

 

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Travel Photography Courses Dublin & Ireland

Why not check out the upcoming Travel Photography Course that will be taking place in Dublin Photography School Later this year, to help you capture and record the trips of a lifetime. For all and any photography courses in Dublin and Ireland ….have a look here.

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one of the most important aspects of landscape photography is keeping as many details as possible within the sky. Often in my classes , I am asked a reoccuring question by my students, “when I take a picture of a lovely sunset, my camera dosen’t seem to record the clouds, why does this happen”? Most cameras have a very limited dynamic range, this means how much detail they can record from the darkest part, to the brightest part of a scene. A normal scene can have up to 20 stops of dynamic range. Most cameras will and can only record around 8-10 stops of detail. This means that anything that does not fit into this range will be represented as a ‘blown out highlight or a clipped shadow’. To answer this dilemma and improve the range of details recorded in each image, it’s very simple.When out and about shooting, all you need is a Neutral Density G radiated Filter or an ND Grad Filter.

 

So What Is An ND Grad Filter?

 

An ND Grad Filter is used to compress the dynamic range of a scene. The top half is dark , and the bottom half is clear, with the dark half slowly blending (gradiating) into the clear area. This will darken down the sky part of your scene keeping your cloud and sky details from blowing out. The results can give you fantastic colours and depth to your image.

 

Are All ND Grad Filters The Same?

 

Not at all. They come in all shapes and sizes, as well as part of different filter kits. They can also come in a variety of different densities (how dark they are), with a range of different blends (how fast they transition from dark to clear). The quality of the filter can differ massiviely depending on the brand or system that you purchase.

 

Can You Recommend A Good Filter For A Beginner?

 

If you are not using very expensive and high end lenses, for example, Canon L Series or Nikon Gold Rings, then I would recommend the ‘Cokin System’. The Cokin System comes in three parts, the ring, the holder and the filter itself. The entire set will set you back in or around €50. The set is ideal for beginners, or for casual landscape photographers. However if you are using expensive glass then you might want to consider upgrading to the Lee System. This system can cost you up to €300, depending on the option you go for.

 

Parts of ND Grad Filter

Have A Look at the image below that was part of Snapshot online magazine free from Dublin photography school, that will show you the anatomy of a ND grad filter. you can also download the entire magazine here for free:)

http://www.dublin-photography-school.com/DPS_Snapshot_Magazine_-_free_online_irish_photography_magazine_.html

Have a in depth look at the anatomy of a ND Grad filter see the full article at http://www.dublin-photography-school.com/DPS_Snapshot_Magazine_-_free_online_irish_photography_magazine_.html

 

If used correctly, the ND Grad Filter is one of the most useful and versatile filters you will ever use. If you are serious about your landscape photography then they are an absolute must. Some of the most stunning and creative images are created with using these filters. Learning to use them is one of the key steps to becoming a good landscape photographer.

If you interested in learning to use these filters on a hands on trip as well as a ton more about landscape photography in Ireland then why not join us on our Kilfane glen and waterfall landscape photography excursion. here you will learn all the hands on practical techniques to get the most out of your filters and when, how, and where to use them.

 

For information on all our “photography courses dublin” then have a look here.

www.dublinphotographyschool.ie

looking to sit a photography course in dublin or ireland then visit www.dublinphotographyschool.ie

 

Waterford’s stunning Copper Coast – A Photographers Playground!ImageJust east of Dungarvin, lies one of the most spectacular coastline in Ireland known as the Copper Coast. It comprises some 20 miles of stunning coastline, and it will give you a fantastic opportunity to photograph scenes consisting of sandy beaches and coves which are enclosed by rocky headlands. The combining of oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets has created these rocks. The coastal stretch passes through five small villages and will offer you, cliffs, panoramic views, woodlands and clear waters and copper sands. Continuing along the coast road, we will eventually reach the bustling coastal town of Tramore. We will escort you on this two night photography tour which will offer many unique

via Photography Holidays Ireland – Cooper Coast Tour.